Taddeo Zuccaro (Sant'Angelo in Vado c. 1529-1566 Rome)
Peasants dedicating the harvest to Ceres
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, on light brown prepared paper, watermark encircled star
8 1/8 x 11 3/8 in. (206 x 288 mm.)
Artist or Maker
Zuccaro, Federico (1540-1609)
London, Edward Cohen, Old Master Drawings Presented by Lorna Lowe, 1987, no. 41.
J.A. Gere, 'Taddeo Zuccaro: Addenda and Corrigenda', Master Drawings, XXXIII, 1995, p. 323, no. 264-R.
C.A. Luchinat, Taddeo e Federico Zuccari, fratelli pittori del Cinquecento, Milan, 1998, I, p. 170, no. 20.
An unidentified collector's mark encircled GW (L. 1226).
An unidentified collector's paraph and number 'No.4' (twice, verso).
with Lorna Lowe.
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A study for the fresco on the vault of the Camera dell'Estate at Caprarola. Decoration of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese's palazzo probably began in 1561, and according to documents discovered in the Archivio di Stato in Rome the ceilings of the Sala di Giove and the four Camerine delle Stagioni were completed by 1562 (J.A. Gere, Taddeo Zuccaro, his development studied in his drawings, London, 1969, p. 22). Gere noted that 'although the drawing corresponds very closely with the picture it is certainly not a copy' (J.A. Gere, 'Addenda and Corrigenda', op. cit., p. 323).